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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Project of the Year

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Each spring, the Commission recognizes outstanding projects pertaining to women and / or gender issues by awarding a Project of the Year Award to a member from each of the following groups:

Undergraduate students

Graduate students



These awards recognize student and faculty excellence in creative endeavors (including the arts) and scholarly work pertaining to women and/or gender-related issues that impact women. We invite students and faculty members to submit original work for consideration.  Award recipients will be honored at the annual  Women of Courage and Vision Awards reception in spring semester, and will receive a $350 award.

Student submissions must be original work either submitted for academic credit during their academic career at MSU, Mankato or research presented in a public forum.

Faculty submissions must be original work in progress or work completed for presentation or publication after March of the previous academic year.

Topics could include, but are by no means limited to, the following themes:

  • Feminist activism
  • Women, body-image and popular culture
  • Women's autobiography
  • Women, sex and identity
  • Intersections among race, class and gender
  • Women's health issues
  • Global feminisms
  • Girls' coming-of-age

Individuals should include a reflection (no more than 350 words) with their Project of the Year submissions in which they explain the significance of their project and discuss its relevance to women.

Submissions will be reviewed by a Commission on the Status of Women sub-committee. The outstanding project selected from each category (undergraduate, graduate, faculty) will be honored at the annual Women of Courage and Vision Awards reception in March.

Submission guidelines:

    Click on "undergraduate," "graduate" or "faculty" and fill out the online submission form. You will then need to upload your project (please upload picture files of artwork, etc. if creative work) and reflection. Multiple files can be attached as .zip files. The Commission is no longer accepting paper copy applications.


***The submission deadline for spring 2016 is Friday, February 12th!*** 

**Applicants will be notified via email after all applications have been reviewed. Recipients will be honored at the Women of Courage and Vision Reception**

 If you have any questions, contact Gihanthi De Silva, the Commission graduate assistant, at  gihanthi.meepe


Congratulations to the 2013-2014 Project of the Year award winners:

Faculty: Laura Harrison for "The Woman or the Egg? Race in Egg Donation and Surrogacy Databases" 

Graduate: Deanna Kay Larsen and Lindsy O'Brian for "The Stepping Stone Bridge Project"

Undergraduate: Sydney Hadassah for her film exploring how a career in dance affects women


Congratulations to the 2012-2013 Project of the Year award winners:

Laura Maki for "Understanding College Women's Mentoring Experiences"

Amber Chiang for "Satorial Scrutiny of First Lady Fashion: Evaluation of Media Coverage Inequities Involving Female Figures in Politics"


Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Project of the Year award winners:

Faculty: Rebecca Bates for "Differences in Self-Efficacy among Women and Minorities in STEM"

Graduate: Sophie Reynolds for "Tea Party Women Speak: Gender-Neutrality and Post-Feminism in the Tea Party Movement"

Undergraduate: Stephanie Gamboni for "The Nature of Things"


Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Project of the Year award winners:

Graduate: Kelli Hanson for "Graduate Student Mothering: Where's the Support?"

Undergraduate: Inge Milius for "Gender Representation on the Cover of ESPN the Magazine, 1998-Present"

Undergraduate: Allison Matthews and Savanna Peterson-Wahl for "Planned Parenthood and Reproductive Rights: Reframing the Organization Through a Reproductive Justice Framework"